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How do you write an essay?

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3 July 2017

Episode 299

27 minutes


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The essay is a format that prompts a mixed response. While some marvel at the endless possibilities for ideas and considered prose, for others it’s a style of writing that brings back memories of homework and set texts. Robert Bound sits down with writer Travis Elborough to tackle what an essay is.

3 July 2017

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Chapter 1

Brian Dillon on ‘Essayism’

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Brian Dillon is the author of a new book called ‘Essayism’. He muses on the beauty of the essay with Monocle’s Tom Edwards and Daniel Giacopelli.

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Travis Elborough on the art of the essay

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Writer and judge for the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize, Travis Elborough sits down with Robert Bound to tackle what an essay is and what it should do.

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